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Fatality Caused by Car Fire in Rio Linda

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July 29, 2019
Edward Smith

Fatality Caused by Car Fire in Rio Linda

A woman was killed in a car fire on July 26 in Rio Linda. The accident happened in the 200 block of U Street at about 3:18 p.m. According to a California Highway Patrol (CHP) spokesperson, the car the woman was driving hit a bump in the road and crashed into a tree. A car fire erupted after the crash, and the woman was unable to escape the vehicle. She was the sole occupant of the car, police said. The coroner’s office has not identified the woman at this time. I’d like to take this opportunity to offer my condolences to the woman’s family and friends.

Grief After a Family Member Dies

Grief is an overwhelming emotion for the family and friends of a decedent. It is all the worse when the person dies suddenly in an accident. An unexpected death shatters the family’s world in many ways. Not only is the family plunged into sorrow, but they may feel more vulnerable than they ever have before. Facing a loved one’s sudden demise can lead to anxiety and even post-traumatic stress syndrome in survivors. Even when a loved one survives a car fire, the stress to the individual and their family is often heightened due to the severity of burn injuries.

Why Is the Grief Process Different in Sudden Death?

One of the chief reasons a sudden death differs from one where the person’s demise was expected is that those left behind had little time to prepare for it. For instance, they were unable to say goodbye or, in some cases, verbalize how much they loved the decedent. This can result in anger, shock, and even depression. 

How to Deal With a Sudden Death

The initial response to a sudden death is often a sense of shock and disbelief. It may cause physical symptoms such as heart palpitations. It may also render the person unwilling to eat or engage with others. This leads to a physical and emotional loss. It is important for friends to make sure the person’s needs are met (such as food) and to cover their responsibilities. This gives the grieving person a chance to deal with sudden bereavement. As the first days and weeks go by, the grieving person also needs to be given a chance to mourn in their own way. 

Worrying about paying for funeral expenses and meeting other financial responsibilities can become overwhelming once the initial shock wears off. This is where talking to an injury lawyer can help. No one needs to face this situation alone, and an attorney can become your shield from financial worry.

What an Attorney Can Do For You

A car fire can result from a variety of causes. One may be a defect in the electrical system. Sometimes, a defect of this nature can cause the accident and resulting fire. In other situations, the car brakes or accelerator may be flawed. This may give the misconception the driver is speeding or failing to stop in time. Our investigators leave no stone unturned in getting to the root of the accident. If such negligence is unearthed, our legal team can help the family by filing a wrongful death claim.

Watch the following video presented by attorney Ed Smith as he explains what a wrongful death claim is:

What Is a Wrongful Death Claim?

A wrongful death claim is filed when the cause of someone’s death stems from negligence on the part of another driver or an entity such as the manufacturer of the vehicle. The claim seeks to obtain the monetary loss the family experiences when another member dies. This includes the following:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost support
  • Loss of companionship and consortium
  • Cost of paying another person to perform routine jobs the deceased did around the home
  • Loss of inheritance

Rio Linda Car Accident Lawyer

I’m Ed Smith, a Rio Linda car accident lawyer. The death of a loved one can be devastating. A wrongful death claim may be helpful in paying for funeral and burial costs as well as the financial support the deceased provided. Call me for free and friendly advice at (916) 921-6400 or (800) 404-5400. You can also reach out to me online.

I’ve helped residents of Rio Linda and the surrounding area in many different types of traumatic injury such as car and pedestrian accidents. 

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